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SEC Enforcement: Another Look At Last Fiscal Year

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC published its statistics for the last fiscal year in a glossy report centered on a discussion of the new retail/cyber focus of the Enforcement Division. Statistics are not the sole measure of success the agency...more

Seven Individuals Charged with FCPA Criminal Violations

by Michael Volkov on

In a watershed week for FCPA enforcement, the US Department of Justice announced FCPA criminal charges against seven individuals. Specifically, the Justice Department announced four guilty pleas and one indictment as follow...more

This Week in FCPA-Episode 77, the Home for the Holidays Edition

by Thomas Fox on

Jay and I return for a wide-ranging discussion on some of the top compliance and ethics related stories of the week, including: 1. The DOJ/SEC FCPA Guidance turned 5 years old this week. For the compliance practitioner,...more

SEC Expected to Expedite FCPA Investigations in Light of Kokesh

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On November 9, 2017, Steven R. Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, delivered a keynote speech at a conference commemorating the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

The Future of FCPA Enforcement After Kokesh

Increased international cooperation, more aggressive investigations and greater focus on individual accountability. In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kokesh v. SEC, the SEC is expected to prioritize quicker,...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The DOJ unsealed criminal charges against five individuals involved in the Rolls-Royce FCPA action previously brought by the DOJ, SFO and Brazilian authorities. The charges were filed in the Southern District of Ohio. Each...more

Hedge Fund Manager Sentenced to Prison

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A claimed hedge fund manager was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit securities and wire fraud. Defendant Nicholas Mitsakos founded Matrix Capital, a California state registered investment fund...more

Former CFO Pleads Guilty To Lying To Auditors

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Former Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. CFO Philip Jacoby pleaded guilty to criminal charges stemming from the financial fraud at the company. U.S. v. Jacoby, No. 1:17-cr-00676 (S.D.N.Y. Filed Nov. 2, 2017). The charge on which the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s focus on retail investors is reflected in cases filed this week. One involved the manipulation of securities prices by gaining unauthorized access to retail accounts and then trading securities....more

Dorsey Anti-Corruption Digest - November 2017

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Massachusetts-based Alere Inc. will pay $13 million to settle charges alleging that the company bribed foreign officials and engaged in an accounting fraud, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Cease and...more

France Establishes Register of Beneficial Owners of Corporations and Other Entities

by Jones Day on

In an effort to prevent money laundering and fight the financing of terrorist activities, France has adopted requirements for the identification and registration of beneficial owners of corporations and other entities...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In the U.K. three F.H. Bertling executives were sentenced on corruption charges. An HSBC senior executive based in London was convicted by a New York jury for front running a client in the currency markets....more

Lessons From the Market Place: The Importance of Compliance

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An effective program is a key corporate function of increasing importance. It can be a competitive advantage, creating a tone of excellence which permeates the firm’s culture, products, services and customer relations....more

HSBC Trader Found Guilty in Front Running Scheme

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The former head of global foreign exchange cash trading for HSBC Bank plc was convicted of “front running” in the foreign exchange markets by a jury after a four week trial. A key part of the evidence heard by the jury were...more

Compliance Man Goes Global-Episode 4-Training

by Thomas Fox on

Welcome to Episode 4 of Compliance Man Goes Global podcast of FCPA Compliance Report International Edition. In this episode, we will focus on typical myths and mistakes regarding compliance trainings. In each podcast, we take...more

Day 17 of One Month to More Effective Compliance for Business Ventures- Corporate Controller and Business Ventures

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One area not often considered by the CCO as a key part of any compliance regime is the corporate Controller. The Controller generally has the responsibility to accurately record and report the financial transactions of the...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - October 2017

Supreme Court to Hear Important Whistleblower Case - Why it matters: Must an employee “whistleblower” specifically provide information about alleged corporate misconduct to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in...more

CEO, Attorney Plead Guilty to Market Manipulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of the Commission. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has also brought a series of criminal cases centered on market manipulation charges involving these entities....more

What’s the current landscape for CFTC cryptocurrency regulation?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin enter the mainstream, entrepreneurs are exploring business models that may depend on compliance with regulatory constraints. This short article summarizes the cryptocurrency regulatory...more

Former Broker Sentenced in Pay-to-Play Scheme

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The Commission and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office have brought a number of pay-to-play cases involving pension funds. In one involving the third largest public pension fund in the country uncovered by the SEC, Deborah...more

CFTC’s Enforcement Division Announces New Focus on Self-Reporting

Upon discovering a potential violation, a company is often faced with the dilemma of whether to self-report the incident to its regulator or attempt to deal with the incident through exclusively internal means. On September...more

The Telia FCPA Resolution: Part V-Lessons Learned

by Thomas Fox on

Today, lessons learned. Over the past several blog posts, I have taken a deep dive into the Telia Company AB (Telia) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action. Anytime you have new No. 1 in the all-time FCPA...more

Southern District Of New York Allows Putative Securities Fraud Class Action To Proceed Against Company That Pleaded Guilty To FCPA...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 19, 2017, Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York allowed a putative securities fraud class action to proceed against VEON Ltd. (“VEON”), a...more

SEC, USAO Charge Tech Company Founder With Insider Trading

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Most of the discussion about insider trading these days is dominated by debates about whether there is a personal benefit, a gift, the application of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Salman last term or the split opinion in...more

A Video Plus a Sinatra Song Attracted Investors for Fraudster

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A Wall Street office; a youtube.com video; Frank Sinatra singing New York New York. These were the keys to building an apparently successful commodity trading business that attracted clients – at least for a while. ...more

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